Getting a Job in Architecture and Design

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Some designers look for jobs. Some designers get them-good ones. Readers of this book will join the ranks of the latter group. The process of job hunting is as important as the job itself. Better job-hunting practices lead to better jobs. Better jobs bring about greater professional fulfillment, stability, and reward-financial and otherwise. Through feast and famine, good design jobs are always available; it is just a matter of finding them. Whether you are an architect, interior designer, or in a related area, and whether you are a student, intern, or project manager, this guide is an invaluable resource for getting a job. You will learn both tried-and-true-and more unusual-strategies for job hunting. No friend or relative in the business is required. You will also learn about the complete realm of job possibilities and what makes each an integral part of the profession and the market. This includes jobs in design-build, corporate design, facilities planning and management, graphic design, construction management, sustainable design, law, education, real estate development, internships and apprenticeships, and more. Major topics are arranged in the order of a basic job hunt: getting started; research, particularly computer-based; occupations; r sum and portfolio preparation; interviewing; wages; and working out-of-town. As a bonus, David W. Patterson-who has worked in the design field for more than thirty years-shares his knowledge of the eccentricities, trade secrets, and "learned-the-hard-way" experiences of the profession.

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“[M]ust-have book for advancing a career in the architecture and design industry….Highly recommended.”
“[M]ust-have book for advancing a career in the architecture and design industry….Highly recommended.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393732177
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David W. Patterson is a registered architect who lives and works in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Introduction     11
Getting Started     15
Job Research     25
Occupations     53
Resumes and Portfolios     85
The Interview     111
Money     133
Relocating for Work     153
Starting a New Job     175
Largest 150 Architectural Design Firms in the US     187
Largest 100 Interior Design Firms in the US     191
Largest 100 Global Design Firms     195
Largest 100 Design-Build Firms in the US     199
Index     203
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